The next day we all woke up early, packed the car with the 3 of us and Sophia and headed to the boat. Charles took Sophia to the field to run around a bit while Lisa and I put the boat together. We then gave the grand tour and removed the dock lines. Once out of the channel we had some nice 15- 20 knot winds and were moving nicely down the river. After a couple hours we jibed and made the turn back towards Oriental. Now that we were going back upwind Lisa was enjoying herself. She loves to have the boat heeled over close to the wind. We saw 8 kts ground speed on the GPS, which is screaming along for our 32' boat. We arrived back at the slip, tied up the boat and Charles and I took the dingy around Oriental for a bit. When we got back to Starjewel it started pouring again so we sat around the salon catching up before dinner. Charles and I went to M&Ms for dinner while Lisa stayed on the boat with Sophia and watched some Netflix.
The next morning all four of us piled into the dingy with Sophia for one last ride and went to the Oriental dock right in front of The Bean for a light breakfast. Of course it rained on us halfway over, we turned back to Starjewel and it stopped. Since the weather was playing with us we decided to risk it and went to the The Bean anyway. We hung out on the front porch for awhile watching the rain and decided it wasn't going to let up anytime soon so we just jumped in the dingy and motored back across the harbor in the rain. We were soaked by the time we got back on Starjewel, but it were laughing about it the whole way.
It was only a short weekend, and I laughingly blame Charles for bringing all the rain, but I'm glad he was able to make it down to see us. It's so rare in the military when you can still keep in touch and visit with your high school friends over the years. Can't wait to have him on one of our nicer, rain free trips. Maybe in the Bahamas. Fairwinds my friend!